No drugs in govt hospitals

By Saman Indrajith

The Joint Opposition questioned the purpose of the National Drug policy and Act as the prices of pharmaceuticals had not come down and the VAT increase had in fact raised them.

UPFA MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, addressing a press conference at the Parliamentary complex yesterday said that the VAT increase had resulted in pharmaceutical prices sky rocketing.

"Due to the VAT increase medicine for patients with diabetes costs Rs. 4,700 more now and kidney patients now have to pay Rs. 35,000 for their medications each month."

He said most drugs were not available at government hospitals and the patients were compelled to obtain medicines from private pharmacies.

 "What is the use of the national drug policy and Act if prices of medicines are increasing? The natural disasters we are experiencing are a result of the fury of the gods. The government’s revengeful acts have infuriated them."

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